Our Beloved Sr. Anne

Sister Anne of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seelaus, O.C.D., (Margaret Mary Seelaus,) died on September 20, 2017, at the Carmelite Monastery of Mary, Mother of Grace in Lafayette at the age of 95, surrounded by her loving community who watched and prayed with her as she prepared to enter into the eternal joy and peace of the Lord.

Sister was a native of Philadelphia, the eldest of eight children, born to Joseph John Seelaus and the former Margaret Lihotz Seelaus. She had two sisters who were also Discalced Carmelite Nuns.  She loved to often tell us that “Dad called us his ‘three graces.’”

After attending Catholic elementary and high schools in Philadelphia, she took night classes at the Jesuit St. Joseph College. She taught catechism at an inner-city Spanish mission church, enjoyed outings including canoeing with her family.

She was secretary to the assistant circulation manager of Curtis Publishing Company when she decided to enter Carmel in the spring of 1944.

Sister’s call to Carmel came to her at an early age.  Her 4th grade teacher told the class that the parish organist was entering the Carmelite Monastery in Philadelphia, “the greatest thing a woman could do for God.”  It was then that Sister decided to become a Carmelite Nun and never once wavered with that decision!

Hearing that Carmels in the South needed vocations, she chose to enter in Lafayette, despite the fact that she thought she would never see her family again and also with stories of alligators in the back yard!!

She received the habit in October, 1944, and made profession of vows on October 15, 1945. After the two foundresses, Mother Dolores and Mother Theresa Margaret, she is the first to persevere in the Lafayette Carmel. She has served in almost every capacity in the monastery, helping to form the young sisters in the ways of Carmel.  She taught this, not only by her instructions but most of all by her example.  She was the essence of charity and self-giving.



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